Gatchaman, aka Battle of the Planets, or G-Force.
I'm not sure if it's because I'm Australian, but this doesn’t mean too much to me.
The Japanese obsess regarding the 1972 anime Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman (Science Ninja Team Gatchaman) created by Tatsuo Yoshida (Casshern, Speed Racer) and most Americans I know are wild about the repackaged and slightly Westernized 1978 version Battle of the Planets.
While I dug the earlier Speed Racer, I was far more into Yoshiyuki Tomino's Mobile Suit Gundam from
the same period — which grants me an excuse to stick in a picture here
that I took in October of the 115-foot RX-78-2 Gundam statue in Odaiba.
Still, I was acquainted enough with this other series minus Gundam (the
storyline goes that G-Force — a fistful of kids dressed up in bird
costumes — protects Earth from planet Spectra and other attacks from an
international terrorist conglomerate of technologically advanced
villains), to think this would be a hoot, and grabbed the chance.
It was being shot outdoors in the evening in the expansive ruins of a
huge abandoned paper mill in Takahagi-shi in Ibaraki, about 2 hours from
Tokyo — and under 100 km from the leaky Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
This place was wild — a photographer's dream (if we weren't otherwise preoccupied).
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